Cor Jesu junior aces ACT
Junior Hannah Nicholson recorded the top composite score of 36 on the ACT in February, becoming the third Cor Jesu Academy to earn the top score this academic year. On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students taking the ACT gets the top score.
A vigil will be held from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, on the steps of St. Francis Xavier (College) Church, Grand and Lindell boulevards in Midtown St. Louis, to draw attention to the pending execution of Russell Bucklew. After the vigil, participants are invited to travel to Bonne Terre to continue the vigil outside the prison before the scheduled execution time at 6 p.m. Death penalty opponents are asking people to contact Gov. Eric Greitens’ office to ask for commutation of the sentence to life.
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Palm Sunday retreat
The Marianist Retreat and Conference Center in Eureka is hosting a Palm Sunday Retreat Friday, March 23-Sunday, March 25. Led by Msgr. Michael Witt, professor of Church history at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, the themes of the weekend include “Food Matters: Bible references to Food from the Manger to the Grill”; “The Wedding Feast at Cana: A Wine Story about God’s Abundance”; “The Eucharist: From Passover to Mass”; “The Bread of Life”; and the “Heavenly Banquet Hall: Revelations.” For more information on cost and to register, visit www.mretreat.org.
One Classroom trivia
A trivia night to benefit the One Classroom Foundation for inclusive education in our Catholic schools will be Saturday, March 24 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Gymnasium at 4092 Blow Street in St. Louis. Trivia will begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tables of eight cost $200, or $25 per person. There will be a 50/50 raffle, mulligans, silent auction and raffle baskets. Refreshments and snacks are included, or bring your own. Register by Friday, March 16, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information, call (314) 406-4797.
The Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri will host a presentation entitled “The Conversation: A Catholic Perspective on End-of-Life Issues,” on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ascension Parish in Chesterfield. Father Donald Henke will discuss the principles of Catholic bioethics, a topic of interest for many Catholics making plans for themselves or caring for ill or aging loved ones. The free seminar also will include presentations on Catholic funeral and cemetery planning, estate planning and advance directives and charitable gift planning. For registration, visit www.rcfstl.org.
Ladder of Success
“Rethinking the Ladder of Success,” a discussion for parents and grandparents of preteen and teenage girls and boys to equip them with strategies to be virtue mentors, will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at St. Louis Priory School, 500 S. Mason Road in Creve Coeur. Presenters include Father Augustine Wetta, OSB, author of “Humility Rules: St. Benedict’s 12-Step Guide to Genuine Self Esteem”; and Cathy Gilmore, a middle-school catechist, author and virtue advocate, who offers practical advice for parents and grandparents to build virtue in teens and preteens through the use of technology, media and entertainment. For more information, call Father John at (314) 434-3690, ext. 394.
Celebrate “Risen Jesus”
The Daughters of St Paul will host the third annual Risen Jesus Party for children ages 3-7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Pauline Books & Media in Crestwood. This joyful event will prepare little ones for Easter and help them understand that Easter is all about Jesus and the new life that He brings. The free party includes prayer in the sister’s chapel, story time, coloring, crafts, a photo shoot with Jesus in the Garden (costumes provided) and refreshments. For information, call 314-965-3512.
Reward for good sports
The St. Louis Sports Commission is accepting nominations for its annual Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship. The award, unique to the region, includes $17,500 in scholarship funds, with a top award of $10,000, awarded to graduating high school students from the St. Louis metro area who demonstrate outstanding sportsmanship in athletic competition. Administered by the Sports Commission Associates, the Sports Commission’s young professionals group, the scholarship is part of the organization’s ongoing effort to promote sportsmanship in the community. For an application packet, call (314) 345-5130 or visit www.stlouisreview.com/TJh. Nominations must be received by April 16.
Reflection on Laudato Si’
Mary Evelyn Tucker will present “Our Sacred Earth, Our Common Home: A Reflection and Action on Laudato Si’” from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Ill. Tucker is a senior lecturer and research scholar at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale Divinity School. The event is sponsored by the shrine in conjunction with La Vista Ecological Learning Center, the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
LaSalle dinner and tour
La Salle Retreat Center will host a dinner and a behind-the-scenes tour on Wednesday, April 25 from 6-9 p.m. Explore the historical buildings and hear stories from Christian Brothers who attended school at La Salle, which is at 2101 Rue De LaSalle Drive in Glencoe on Highway 109 north of Eureka. The cost is $30 per person, which includes cocktails, three-course dinner, tour and historical book. Space is limited. For registration, visit www.LaSalleRetreat.org.
A Koinonia Retreat Weekend for Divorced or Separated Catholics (“DASK”) and other Christians will be held Friday-Sunday, April 27-29 at Todd Hall Retreat Center, 320 Todd Hall Center Drive in Columbia, Ill. The cost of $110 includes room, double occupancy, and six meals. Call Jean at (314) 704-1870 or Carol at (314) 775-1253 for a brochure and registration. A $50 deposit will reserve a space.